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List Rules Country music albums released between January - December, 2012

The best country albums of 2012 include traditional albums by well-established country music legends, hot new releases by some of the genre's biggest contemporary artists and new offerings from some rising country stars. Which one of these 2012 country albums is truly the best? That's up to you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to vote up the country CDs that you loved the most, and vote down any that you don't think deserve a place on this list. Also: This list isn't complete by any means, so feel free to add any awesome country albums from 2012 to it!

Which country music albums were the greatest in 2012? Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee,' which features duets with some of country's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean, among others, is a huge hit. Others of note include Carrie Underwood's fourth studio album, 'Blown Away,' 'Uncaged' by the Zac Brown Band and 'Punching Bag' by Josh Turner. And certainly, Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, 'Red,' will sell like gangbusters. Does it deserve a place on this Best Country Albums 2012 list? Again, that's for you, the voters, to decide.

Country music debut albums that could easily be considered among 2012's best include the first efforts by country singers Hunter Hayes and Dustin Lynch. Some artists' albums listed here are country, but they're also more of an alt-country sound, including the "red dirt" sound of Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours. And speaking of red dirt, Willie Nelson's latest, 'Heroes,' also makes this list.

If your favorite country album of 2012 isn't listed, again, please add it: Country fans always enjoy discovering new music!

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Red is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Red Taylor Swift

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Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Blown Away Carrie Underwood

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Tornado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Tornado Little Big Town

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Hunter Hayes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes

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Tuskegee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Tuskegee Lionel Richie

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Thirty Miles West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Thirty Miles West Alan Jackson

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Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Home Dierks Bentley

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Bootleg Vol. IV: The Sound of ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Sound of Truth Johnny Cash

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Uncaged is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Uncaged

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Changed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Changed Rascal Flatts

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Heroes Willie Nelson

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Welcome to the Fishbowl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Welcome to the Fishbowl Kenny Chesney

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Hard 2 Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Hard 2 Love Lee Brice

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All Over the Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
All Over the Road Easton Corbin

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Night Train is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Night Train Jason Aldean

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Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Up All Night Kip Moore

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100 Proof is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
100 Proof Kellie Pickler

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Goodbye Normal Street is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Goodbye Normal Street Turnpike Troubadours

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Punching Bag is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Punching Bag Josh Turner

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Storyline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Storyline Hunter Hayes

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3 Pears is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
3 Pears Dwight Yoakam

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The Whippoorwill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
The Whippoorwill Blackberry Smoke

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A.M. Country Heaven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
A.M. Country Heaven Jason Eady

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Release Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Release Me Lyle Lovett

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Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch

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Back in the Saddle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Back in the Saddle Chris Cagle

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Ashes & Roses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Ashes & Roses Mary Chapin Carpenter

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Hope on the Rocks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Hope on the Rocks Toby Keith

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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
The Circle Bon Jovi

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Old School New Rules is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Old School New Rules Hank Williams Jr.

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Voyageur is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Voyageur Kathleen Edwards

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Nashville Soundtrack is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Nashville Soundtrack

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Nothing's Gonna Change the Way... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012

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Declaration of Independence is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012

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Real Good Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Real Good Time Aaron Watson

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Have a Nice Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Have a Nice Day Bon Jovi

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Femme Fatale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Femme Fatale Britney Spears